The FA charges Nicolas Anelka
The Football Association (FA) has charged West Bromwich Albion striker Nicolas Anelka following an incident that occurred during their match against West Ham United at Upton Park on 28 December 2013.
The FA released a statement this morning confirming the charge, setting Anelka a deadline of 6pm this Thursday (23 January) to respond:
The statement reads: “It is alleged that, in the 40th minute of the fixture, Anelka made a gesture which was abusive and/or indecent and/or insulting and/or improper, contrary to FA Rule E3.
“It is further alleged that this is an aggravated breach, as defined in FA Rule E3, in that it included a reference to ethnic origin and/or race and/or religion or belief.”
“Anelka has until 6pm on 23 January 2014 to respond to the charge.”
West Bromwich Albion have issued the following response:
“West Bromwich Albion has noted The FA’s charge against Nicolas Anelka regarding the gesture he made after scoring his first goal against West Ham United on December 28.
“Anelka has received a 34-page document explaining the allegations against him and informing him that he has until 6pm on Thursday to respond. The player is now considering his options.
“Under FA rules, Anelka remains available for first-team selection until The FA’s disciplinary process has reached its conclusion. Following this, the Club will conclude its own internal enquiry.”
From The FA